The father of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, arranged a conference at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1894 at which he proposed the possibility of renewing the Olympic Games. This was his second attempt at interesting the global community in the Games, his first Sorbonne conference in 1892 having failed to gain any support for the idea. At the 1894 conference Baron de Coubertin proposed that the first Olympic Games of the modern era should take place in Paris in 1900.
The other delegates were unwilling to wait this long for the first Olympiad and decided instead to hold the first Games in 1896 in Athens, with Paris hosting the second Olympiad in 1900. The Paris Games formed part of the International Exhibition held in Paris in 1900.
Paris went on to host the Olympic Games for a second time in 1924.